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Predicting anxiety and depression from personality: is there a synergistic effect of neuroticism and extraverson?

Jorm, Anthony F; Christensen, Helen; Henderson, A Scott; Jacomb, Trish; Korten, Ailsa; Rodgers, Bryan


In a longitudinal study of college students, B. S. Gershuny and K. J. Sher (1998) found that high neuroticism and low extraversion had a synergistic effect in predicting anxiety and depression 3 years later. This article attempted to replicate their finding using data from 2 community samples: (a) a cross-sectional survey of 2,677 persons aged 18-79 years, and (b) a longitudinal study in which 441 persons aged 70 or older were followed over 3-4 years. Both studies found that neuroticism...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
DOI: 10.1037//0021-843X.109.1.145


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